The ABC’s of Plant-Based Dressings

The ABC’s of Plant-Based Dressings

I’m really enjoying fresh, homemade salad dressings these days. I used to be intimidated at the thought of making my own, but once I started working on the Define Foods team (shoutout!), I found out it’s actually not that hard! It just takes a little educating, the right ingredients on hand, a high speed blender and few extra minutes.

Why homemade salad dressings?

I know that buying store bought dressings is easier and if that is the best you can do, then hey! I applaud you for eating more veggies and more salad either way. Homemade dressings assure you of quality ingredients and have a short shelf life. This means your getting more nutrients, more fiber, more minerals, more good stuff essentially!

How do I start making homemade salad dressings?

Like I mentioned above, having a high speed blender is an essential part of the process. It breaks down all the ingredients and mixes them to the right consistency. To start, it’s good to have these ingredients on hand:

  • Apple cider vinegar
  • Tahini, almond butter, peanut butter
  • Balsamic
  • A good quality olive oil
  • Fresh herbs (basil chives, cilantro, etc)
  • Coconut sugar or maple syrup
  • Citrus (lemons or oranges, preferable freshly juiced)
  • Spices for kick (cayenne or red chili pepper flakes
  • A high quality salt
  • Liquid aminos as a soy sauce alternative
  • Raw cashews

Start with these things and it’ll make making your own healthy, fresh, plant-based dressing that much easier.

I’ll be posting dressing recipes in the future with these ingredients included. What kind of dressing recipes would you like to see?

Until next time,



all photos taken by Danny Lovve

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